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sound the alarm

1. Literally, to activate an alarm. I think I see smoke coming from the warehouse. Someone run upstairs and sound the alarm!
2. To alert other people about something dangerous, risky, or troublesome. A number of top economic advisors tried to sound the alarm before the economic crash, but no policy makers seemed to heed their warnings.
See also: alarm, sound
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Summary: Lebanon's Press Federation sounded the alarm Thursday over what it said was the increasing rate of lawsuits by political parties and officials against media figures filed with judicial authorities rather than the Court of Publications.
And now Germany and France have sounded the alarm bells too and are having a crisis meeting over the same icebergs at the EU if the detractors have not yet got the message that this is serious we are in trouble.
A group of residents had sounded the alarm and were outside their homes when the crews arrived.
He turned the cooker off at the mains and sounded the alarm straight away.
Alexander Murray Anderson, 61, sounded the alarm when he found that their van had been boxed in and was attacked by raiders armed with pick-axes and sledge-hammers in Hartlepool.
And when Big Brother finally sounded the alarm it was met with grim faces and groans.
Last week, the Anti-Defamation League sounded the alarm saying that Klan membership and activity are on the rise.
A colleague in the Brink's security van sounded the alarm and the two raiders fled empty-handed.
Shell's Tern platform, 60 miles north east of Shetland, had 184 people on board when they sounded the alarm on a fire in a generator room just after 1am.
Privacy advocates, including Federal Privacy Commissioner Jennifer Stoddart, sounded the alarm over the proposed legislation.
Mr Noble wrote: "In July 2003 Interpol concluded that the link between organised crime and counterfeit goods was well established and sounded the alarm that (intellectual property crime) was becoming the preferred method of funding for a number of terrorist groups.
Nader's supporters will no doubt argue that these recent revelations show that we very much need the Ralph Nader who first sounded the alarm against corporate malfeasance in the 1960s and 1970s.
The correct name of the latter is Carl Akeley (1864-1926), a turn-of-the-century scientist who sounded the alarm for the endangered gorilla, convincing King Albert of Belgium to establish Africa's first national park in 1925.
While September 11th sounded the alarm for government change, subsequent events like Hurricane Katrina have underscored the need for leaders with the vision and passion to overcome bureaucracy and organizational barriers to make a lasting difference for the American people.
A spokesman in Kolkata, India, said: "We sounded the alarm and were looking for him everywhere.